PAL­ETTE MEETS PALATE

Chandi­garh artist Madan Lal’s paint­ings blend well with the bright set­ting of an Ital­ian res­tau­rant

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - ENTERTAINMENT - Niru­pama Dutt

It is food, not for thought, but for art with can­vases from city painter Madan Lal’s jour­ney pro­vid­ing an idyl­lic set­ting while rel­ish­ing Mine­strone Soup, or Zuppe as the Ital­ians call it, ne­go­ti­at­ing twines of Spaghetti Cor­bonara, prob­ing mouth-wa­ter­ing lay­ers of Las­gana or rel­ish­ing a scoop of Gelato.

The first ob­ject that greets the eye is a brightly painted vin­tage Lamberetta scooter, there were ever so many on the Chandi­garh roads till the seven­ties, and the next thing that catches the eye is a paint­ing of cou­ple, hu­man faces and fish-like bod­ies. So it is a ren­dezvous with food and art at the Pic­cante Ital­ian res­tau­rant with a solo art fest at Hy­att Re­gency ti­tled ‘When the Artist’s Pal­ette Com­ple­ments the Ital­ian Pal­ette’. Well, it cer­tainly is a heady fu­sion de­signed by art con­sul­tant Neepa Sharma who in the past few years in the city is tak­ing art closer to those who will not only ad­mire it but are likely to ac­quire it too.

Open­ing at a gala wine-and­cheese event on Thurs­day at sun­down, it will dis­play 19 paint­ings from the ‘Jour­ney’ and ‘Ur­ban Phulkari’ se­ries by Madan Lal for 10 days till Septem­ber 24.

The painter’s con­cern is to or­ches­trate chaotic city im­ages of high-rise build­ings, chat­ter of par­rots sym­bol­is­ing the ca­coph­ony of the con­crete jun­gle, hu­man ex­is­tence in at­trac­tive im­ages of the girl next door and midst all this the loner strolling to­wards a mys­tic jour­ney. The colours are flam­boy­ant and in­deed har­monise with the gourmet fare a la Ital­iono.

Art con­sul­tant Neepa says she has been a cu­ra­tor of art shows the past 25 years but when she moved to the city some five years ago she was told by friends that her ca­reer would come to a full stop. “That did not hap­pen and I have put to­gether some 23 shows. The city folks are open­ing up to new palates and also to con­tem­po­rary art,” she says.

THE FIRST OB­JECT THAT GREETS THE EYE IS A BRIGHTLY PAINTED VIN­TAGE LAMBERETTA SCOOTER

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Painter Madan Lal with one of his cre­ations.

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